Tuesday, July 13, 2010


graphite, putty eraser, wax crayon & watercolour/30x20cm

Continuing with the 'roadkill' diptych watercolours, the very slight development here being the introduction of occasional inflections of colour (green, blue & red ochre) into the layers of the Payne's Grey 'ground' (overlaying the initial erased graphite marks, which are intended to remain visible, as 'archaeological evidence' of the process of the work's making, through the subsequent translucent superimpositions), which seems to have served no particularly significant visual purpose, & indeed might be read as being superfluously & mildly-distractingly decorative in nature.

The original found object which forms the ostensible subject matter is that which might be recognized as having featured in photocopied form & pictorially enlarged to 'human size' in the latter pair of previously-posted digital collages (please refer to 'And a Large Coke').

On a digital note, an aspect of the watercolour development of the general 'roadkill' diptych series one notices, with a certain frustration, is that, in scanning the results to be subsequently posted on the blog here, it seems impossible to achieve a faithful or even particularly satisfactorily compromised reproduction of the actual colour as seen in the physical painting, thus rendering the digital version something else entirely (the red of the can here, for instance, displays a much bluer tendency than in the original, yet any attempted corrective measures destroy the integrity of the bluish grey of the 'ground', & vice versa): viewer, do not believe what you see!


Emily Jane White 'Dark Undercoat'
Sparklehorse 'Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot', 'Good Morning Spider', 'It's a Wonderful Life'
& 'Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain'
Test Match Special
Pakistan v Australia
1st Test, day 1

A soundtrack appropriately dominated by Sparklehorse, in recognition of the shocking & very sad news (only recently discovered, some four months after the fact) of the suicide of Mark Linkous. Such a terrible event & loss renders these four albums (two of which are permanently resident in the list of all-time favourites) all the more precious: the unique aesthetic vision central to their creation, suffused with wonder at the natural world, their fragile yet enduring beauty (all the more poignant now), their beguiling & delightful idiosyncrasy, the heart & soul at their core, to be treasured all the more. 'Sparklehorse' might be regarded by the empathetic listener to be something of a dream-like state, a magical & profoundly rewarding place in which to exist for the time spent immersed-in, a rare gift with which to have been blessed, & truly great art.

No comments: